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The Medical Action Group would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to all MAG members, partners and friends who have extended and pledged their support to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Please give us a moment to thank all of you:

Cash Donations:

1. Thelma H. Borromeo, MAG Member from Alberta, Canada
2. Joel Borromeo
3. Dr. Lito Ocampo, Consultant, De Los Santos Medical Center, MAG Member
4. Lingap-Kapwa, Oplan Dalita (LINGKOD) Inc. c/o Dr. Jo Pas
5. Mr. Ruben Guieb and Ms. Ofelia Yazon of the University of the Philippines Marine Biological Society
6. Dr. Kitsu Dacanay (MAG Member) and Family
7. Mr. Max de Mesa, Chairperson, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates
8. Dr. Elsie Castrence, Quezon City
9. Grace, Karen and Alfred Simbulan, Jr.
10. Regina Walter, Vienna, Austria
11. Margit Demmel, Vienna, Austria
12. Elmer Galman
13. Burugkos, Inc. c/o Vice President and Mimay Baybay
14. Thomas and Rosa Walter, Vorarlberg, Austria
15. The Asia Foundation, through its Law and Human Rights Program (Country Representative Steve Rood, PhD, Atty. Carolyn Mercado, Monica Celine Caro)
16. Mr. Vincent and Angelita Le Clerc, France (sister of Thelma Borromeo)
17. Ms. Rosalie Van Otten and family and friends from New Mexico, USA
18. Angela Scheiber's family and friends from Austria
19. Christine Walter and Robert Puskas from Vienna, Austria

Medicines, Water, Food, Grocery Items, Clothing:

1. Farah Joshua Sevilla and Aline Sevilla
2. Dr. Jenny Madamba (MAG Member) and Sir Max de Mesa
3. Dr. Yvonne Entico, MAG Psychiatric Consultant, MAG Member
4. Dr. Faith Joan Mesa-gaerlan, Philippine College of Emergency Physicians
5. Dr. Arlene Santiago-Toreja (MAG Member) and Dr. Alvino Torreja, Dentists
6. Women's Crisis Center, Inc. (WCC)
7. Kapisanan ng mga Kamag-anak at Migranteng Manggagawang Pilipino, Inc. (KAKAMMPI)
8. Ms. Rose Trajano, PAHRA Secretary-General, MAG Member
9. Mr. Jerbert M. Briola, MAG Advocacy Officer
10. Dr. Ethel Ruth Olivar, Dentist, Bureau of Fire Protection, MAG Member
11. Dr. Nymia Pimentel Simbulan, Executive Director, PhilRights, MAG Member
12. Professor Pete Aton, Trinity University of Asia
13. Dr. Lyde M. Alday-Magpantay, MAG Member
14. Dacanay Family, Quezon City
15. Mr. Lambert "Bebet" Meñez, Ms. Grace "Ghippy" Perez-Samaniego and Dr. Francisco Datar of the University of the Philippines Marine Biological Society
16. Joy Anne Icayan and Family
17. Dandy Semana, Trinity University of Asia
18. Leal Family of Parañaque
19. Emerald Bengzon (MAG Member) and family
20. National Center for Mental Health (NCMH)
21. Catalina de Guzman
22. Vi R Ma Lazaro, MAG Member
23. L'Association Kaibigan-Bretagne, Kaibigan Bezons and Kaibigan émeraude c/o Claudie le Chanu and Dr. Bruno
24. UNILAB Philippines c/o Raymond Santiago

Medical Mission Volunteers:

1. Dr. Kitsu Dacanay, Emergency Physician
2. Dr. Jaykee Rodriguez former DTTB of Mapanas, Northern Samar
3. Joy Anne Icayan, Psych Volunteer, Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)
4. Dr. Leah C. Faderon-Fajutagana, Pediatrician
5. Dr. Nerissa Sabarra, Emergency Physician
6. Lucia Ventic, Midwife, MAG Member
7. Dr. Lenin Pascual, General Surgeon, MAG Member
8. Dr. Lamcel Yraola, Opthalmologist
9. Dr. Lyde M. Alday-Magpantay, Rehabilitation Medicine, MAG Member
10. Dr. Arsenio Gomez, Emergency Medicine
11. Dr. Antonio Carlo Magno, Pediatrician
12. Dr. Marilyn A. Bermudez-Puyot MD, DPBEM,FPCEM, Emergency Physician
13. Dr. Maria Cristina Macalinao, Dentis, MAG Member

Thank you to

Dr. Jo Pas for coordinating with LINGKOD (Lingap-Kapwa, Oplan Dalita, Inc.) and her support as MAG member.

To our Secretary Dr. Marie Therese Galang for sharing her expertise in medical disaster response, psychological support service and coordination among MAG members to join our relief mission.

To our MAG member Dr. Jack Medrana for coordinating with UNILAB Philippines for the continuous supply of medicines.

And to all who have expressed their sympathy and support. We can't THANK YOU enough. Maraming Salamat po!
— at Medical Action Group (MAG).

MAG Medical Disaster Response Day 5

Medical Team #2 has reached Tacloban and preparing for their boat trip to Guiuan. Meanwhile, Medical Team #1 awaits the arrival of Team #2 and has coordinated with US Marines an airlift for additional medical teams and equipment/goods.

Medical Team #3 will board an L-300 van carrying medicines and relief goods to Matnog to Samar to Guiuan via RORO.

Medical Team #4 is set to fly directly to Guiuan on November 24th via C-130. We expressed our warmest gratitude to MAG member-doctors and to the doctors who extended their support and services:

1. Dr. Lenin Pascual, General Surgeon, MAG Member
2. Dr. Lamcel Yroala, Opthalmologist
3. Dr. Lyde M. Alday-Magpantay, Rehabilitation Medicine, MAG Member
4. Dr. Nerissa Sabarre, Emergency Medicine 
5. Dr. Arsenio Gomez, Emergency Medicine
6. Dr. Antonio Carlo Magno, Pediatrician
7. Dr. Maria Cristina Macalinao, Dentist, MAG Member
8. Ms. Adelpha Sevandal Mabulay, RN, MAG Member

We call on nurses, psychologists and social workers who are willing to assist our doctors on November 24-27, 2013.

MAG Medical Disaster Response Day 4 (Super Typhoon #YolandaPH, #Haiyan)

Andres Magalong (Gil) is currently positioned at Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City to pick up the remaining food and relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). However, only 100 packs can be accommodated by the small boat going to Manicani Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Tomorrow at 0325H, Dr. Leah C. Faderon-Fajutagana, Dr. Jaykee Rodriguez and Lucia Ventic will fly to Tacloban via Cebu Pacific Air to meet and coordinate with Gil. Then they will take a 5 ½-hour boat ride to Manicani for their 4-day medical mission. They are scheduled to fly back to Manila on the 25th

MAG will send its van full of goods, water, medicines and fuel (diesel and gasoline) via RORO to Guiuan to boost the supplies of the medical responders. We have coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) for security and assistance.

We learned that Tacloban to Guiuan is now accessible by land transportation (5-hour ride). We are still in contact with the Health Futures Foundation, Inc. for the possible free airlift. We are also trying to seek the support of the Philippine Air Force for free personnel and goods lift via its C-130 aircraft.

To those who continue to donate cash, goods, water, medicines and clothes from local and international organizations and individuals, maraming maraming salamat po!
We are in need of 4 preferably Cebu-based and/or Waray-speaking doctors and  4 nurses who can work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) France for one month with compensation in Palo, Tolosa and Tanauan, Leyte. For interested applicants, kindly send your CV to msff.philippines@gmail.com and address it to Dr. Jade Sybil Peña. Thank you.
Our team since November 15 has been living and taking shelter at the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban. Through a small boat (P13,000 rent), our team (Amy Abcede, Mercidita De Joya, Andres Magalong and Bert Cacayan (from TDH Germany) was able to visit 3 island/islets of Guiuan, Eastern Samar namely Tubabao, Manicani and Victory. They were also able to coordinate with Dr. Egargo of DOH Borongan who is a resident of Guiuan.

Manicani – So far, 2 of 4 barangays have been visited (Humarawon and Buenavista); 1 casualty, all houses were notably destroyed. We have also facilitated 600 relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, 100 were delivered due to transport limitation. 500 are still contained at Divine Word Hospital. The team is set to visit San Jose and Banaag later. WE NEED 2 DOCTORS FOR MEDICAL RESPONSE for 4 DAYS plus 2-day travel.

Victory – We have visited 155 households (HH) with 200 adults and 200 children. WE NEED 1 DOCTOR and MAG Staff FOR MEDICAL RESPONSE 4 DAYS plus 2-day travel.

Tubabao – We have visited 5 barangays: (1) Trinidad – 250 HH; (2) San Perdo – 139 HH; (3) Camparang – 122 HH; (4) San Juan – 111 HH and (5) San Antonio – 70 HH. WE NEED 3 DOCTORS FOR MEDICAL RESPONSE 4 DAYS plus 2-day travel.